76 mins, France, 1959, 35mm, Subtitled, Black and White

This film screened on Saturday 13th July 2019.

Bresson’s first original screenplay concerns Michel (Martin LaSalle), who, on realising the pleasure he derives from his initially clumsy acts of stealing, falls in with a group of more experienced petty thieves, quickly acquiring the skills necessary to provide a regular stream of income, despite his obvious abilities to source a livelihood through more legitimate means. He is encouraged by Jeanne (Marika Green), a friend’s lover, to visit his poor and ailing mother more regularly, but refuses. He is also pursued by a police inspector determined to punish him for his crimes. Michel is a character conflicted between his determination to live outside societal laws and morality and his desire to assimilate these very values and integrate into the broader community.

Screening as part of a full Robert Bresson retrospective in July 2019. A multi-film pass, 5 films for €45, is available directly from the IFI Box Office.

The Robert Bresson retrospective is presented with the support of the French Embassy in Ireland and Institut Français.

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